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Dean "Bud" Jaeger, age 84, of Atwater, died Thursday afternoon, March 6, at Bethesda Pleasantview Nursing Home in Willmar.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Victory Christian Fellowship in Grove City. Interment will be in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 of Willmar. Visitation will be held March 9, from 4-7 at the Atwater Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Gottlieb Dean Jaeger was born November 5, 1923, in Chicago Illinois, the son of David and Sophie (Christ) Jaeger. Dean was baptized as an infant and confirmed April 10, 1938, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, Minnesota, by Pastor H. Winter. Dean's parents emigrated from Russia to America. They lived in Chicago, New Leipzeg, North Dakota, Rib Lake, Wisconsin and when Dean was a young boy they settled in Gaylord, Minnesota. Dean attended high school and graduated from Gaylord High School. Dean moved to Chicago and worked in manufacturing. At the age of 27, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His date of entry was September 18, 1945, and he was sent to Saipan in the Marianas Island, and was a turret mechanic. Dean advanced to Sergeant rank in less than 2 years in the Army. He was given an honorable discharge, on January 15, 1947. After discharged from the Army, Dean attended Dale Carnegie classes in Minneapolis. Dean traveled to Louisiana and worked for a short time but ended up in California. On May 21, 1955, he married Lois Gonterman in Pioche, Nevada. The couple resided in California for 35 years and upon Dean's retirement they built a home on the north side of Lake Elizabeth in Atwater, Minnesota. Dean began working construction, focusing on masonry work. Dean attended Fullerton Junior College and received a degree in Professional Construction Inspection. He furthered his education earning a degree from Long Beach City College in Professional Construction Inspection. Dean earned his way up to foreman and then to supervisor. He did many full construction sites in his career. The most proud was the Amphitheater in California. He also did relocation work on the Brown Derby Restaurant in California. He worked 18 years in the masonry business and 18 years in building construction of Thrifty Stores and Ralph's Grocery Chain. Dean enjoyed living on Lake Elizabeth and fishing and just sitting on the dock watching sunsets and enjoying the wildlife. He was a Ham Radio enthusiast. You could also find him on the lake on his pontoon. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Dean is survived by wife of 52 years, Lois; two sons, Wade and Elaine Doerr of Salt Lake City, Utah; Walter and Kim Doerr of Pueblo, Colorado. Brother and Sister-in-law, Henry and Helen Jaeger of Bird Island; Sister-in-laws, Julie Jaeger of Cottonwood, Shirley Jaeger of New Germany; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; David and Sophie Jaeger; brothers, David Jaeger, Robert Jaeger, Richard Jaeger; and sisters, Emily Trout, Mollie Sylwester, Emma Schmidt; brothers-in-law, Henry Trout, Melvin Sylwester, Henry Schmidt; one son, Jack Doerr; two grandsons; Johnny Doerr and Walter Jr. "Buddy" Doerr.

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